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Chief Development Officer

This search is being conducted in partnership with The Aspen Leadership Group. Please visit the Aspen Leadership Group website for application details.

About us

The Fuller Project is the global nonprofit newsroom dedicated to groundbreaking journalism about women to raise awareness, expose injustice, and spur accountability. Its vision is journalism that fully represents all women, giving readers The Full Story, and spurring gender equality. 

The Fuller Project was founded on the belief that news coverage must represent the views of all individuals. When it does, journalism can fulfill its promise of helping to create a fully informed citizenry. Journalism has the power to inform, to expose abuses of power and human rights, and to inspire urgent action. Yet when the voices, stories, and perspectives of women are disproportionately left out, the result is reporting that reinforces bias.

Today, women are still underrepresented in news, especially those facing race and identity bias. This has been true for centuries and progress has been slow. As a result, the barriers and harms that women face are often considered tangential – instead of central to the security, economic, legal, environmental, and other issues societies face each day.

Through investigative and enterprise reporting about women, and by fostering a committed community of editors, The Fuller Project disrupts bias and redefines traditional news. With deeply sourced newsgathering and vivid storytelling, The Fuller Project works to provide a more nuanced understanding of global, U.S., and local news by incorporating diverse perspectives. It centers its investigative and enterprise journalism on women’s lived experiences, especially those whose stories are most often unheard in mainstream news, to reveal patterns of discrimination and illuminate solutions.

The Fuller Project brings journalism about women to millions of readers in the United States and around the world through legacy and local media partnerships. These editorial partnerships foster a community of journalists dedicated to inclusive coverage, drawing on expertise about the interconnected issues that affect women, gender-diverse people, and whole societies. The reporting aims to give readers a new understanding and better equip them to challenge harmful conventions that have historically limited rights. Since 2015, the reporting has helped end life-threatening practices, led to large-scale releases of public data, and influenced the introduction of new legislation. This rigorous journalism connects the stories of women everywhere, fostering shared urgency, agency, and action. 

About the role

The Chief Development Officer will oversee The Fuller Project’s expanding fundraising program including building the individual giving program and growing institutional giving. In partnership with the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Development Officer will nurture a culture of philanthropy that supports the organizational and newsroom priorities while leveraging the talent of staff and board. The Chief Development Officer will apply a diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging lens to all internal and external activities while expanding the organization’s community of supporters.

The Chief Development Officer will

  • partner with the CEO to define fundraising goals in support of The Fuller Project’s strategic plan and editorial and organizational priorities, as well as the tools, support, and resources needed to meet them;
  • prioritize and maximize the CEO’s involvement in all fundraising programs; 
  • coach and support senior staff on strategic and tactical fundraising plans for individual and institutional donors;
  • be a proactive partner and ally in building The Fuller Project’s organizational culture, with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, collaboration inside and outside the organization, and the development of the organization’s team and others in the field;
  • develop and lead annual and long-term fundraising plans and strategy for individual and institutional donors and prospects, working closely with the CCO on visual/communications materials; 
  • develop a stewardship strategy and oversee related high impact events for top prospects, donors, and volunteers; 
  • work independently without close oversight and as a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside of the organization;
  • lead and participate in major fundraising solicitations;
  • lead board development and management, working closely with the CEO and COO; 
  • be a strategic thought partner, a senior leader, and a doer;hire and manage a Development Associate who will provide support to the CDO and other senior members;
  • establish and oversee systems for gift management, reporting, and stewardship; and 
  • once established, build and implement an expanded strategy that could include other approaches such as: membership program, digital fundraising, corporate engagement, etc.

The Fuller Project seeks a Chief Development Officer with

  • a high level of energy and passion for The Fuller Project’s mission;
  • a demonstrated commitment to being a builder of teams and relationships that value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as well as mentorship of junior staff;
  • a creative, innovative, and collaborative approach for an organization that represents a new model of doing business;
  • superior communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to influence and engage a diverse pool of stakeholders;
  • demonstrated experience in seeking and securing six- and seven-figure gifts and knowledge of the U.S. donor landscape;
  • experience establishing, overseeing, and directing an individual giving program;
  • tangible experience expanding and cultivating existing donor relationships over time;
  • management experience that will inform oversight of a growing development department including individual giving, foundations, medium and small gifts, and other future strategic opportunities such as a launching membership program; and
  • strong organizational skills with attention to detail. 

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is at least seven years of professional experience in nonprofit organizations with demonstrated success in a development function (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources) preferably on a national level. 

This position is remote with a preference for the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.

This is a full-time staff role with benefits, including:

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience 
  • Health insurance 
  • Paid parental leave
  • Retirement plan
  • Generous vacation policy, plus flexible and inclusive holiday schedule
  • Phone and communications stipend
  • A commitment to an inclusive and diverse work culture
  • Professional learning and development opportunities

How to apply

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should reflect a commitment to a fully representative press that spurs gender equity, consistent with the mission of The Fuller Project. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

To apply for this position, visit:

Chief Development Officer, The Fuller Project.

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